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Balfour draws interest from big-money teams

Free-agent closer Grant Balfour, who set an A's team record for consecutive saves last season, is attracting notice from several deep-pocketed potential contenders, including the Tigers and Yankees, according to a [Read entire story]

49ers’ Crabtree cleared for practice

A day after the 49ers' wide receiving corps was bolstered by the return of Mario Manningham, Michael Crabtree was cleared to practice Tuesday 5 1/2 months after he suffered a torn Achilles tendon. Crabtree, who last [Read entire story]

Bayern Munich advances to 2nd round

Real Madrid came from behind in a 2-2 tie at Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain rallied for a 1-1 draw at Anderlecht, leaving the Spanish and French soccer clubs on the verge of second-round berths. -- FIFA says nearly [Read entire story]

NFL news and notes, Nov. 6

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over Sunday night. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that defensive end DeMarcus Ware was likely to return after missing the first three games of his [Read entire story]

SHC volleyball is primed for playoffs

The Irish trademark under 11-year head coach Margi Beima, is defense, digs and passing. [...] the Irish are looking to win their final match of the season, signifying a first state championship. Not with West Catholic [Read entire story]

Ogwumike unanimous preseason All-America

Ogwumike received all 36 votes from a national media panel Tuesday, becoming the ninth player to be a unanimous selection on the Associated Press preseason All-America team. [...] in the school's top 10 in both scoring [Read entire story]

Names & Faces

In 1988, he was ejected from an Omaha Royals minor-league game when he played "The Mickey Mouse Club" theme during an argument between the Royals' manager and an umpire. Dolan laid down the law by ordering the dancers [Read entire story]

Names & Faces

In 1988, he was ejected from an Omaha Royals minor-league game when he played "The Mickey Mouse Club" theme during an argument between the Royals' manager and an umpire. Dolan laid down the law by ordering the dancers [Read entire story]

Sports Calendar

Turkish Airlines Open Golf Ch.NBA4pChicago at Indiana ESPN5pWarriors at Minnesota CSNBA (680)6:30pDallas at Oklahoma ESPNNHL4:30 pPittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers NBCSNSOCCER9aUEFA: FC Porto at Zenit St. Petersburg [Read entire story]

NBA scores, Nov. 4

J.J. Redick scored 19 of his 26 points in the first half, and the Los Angeles Clippers led wire to wire to beat Houston 137-118 Monday night, handing the Rockets their first loss of the season in Dwight Howard's return [Read entire story]

Cal Football Player Injured in Locker-Room Brawl

Cal Football Player Injured in Locker-Room Brawl

A Cal football player is recovering from injuries after a locker-room brawl put him in the hospital.Photo Credit: CalBears.com [Read entire story]

Cal Football Player Injured in Locker-Room Brawl

A Cal football player is recovering from injuries after a locker-room brawl put him in the hospital.Photo Credit: CalBears.com [Read entire story]

Once a Stanford QB, Frost helps Oregon fly now

Frost threw the first touchdown pass of his college career. The two men will be reunited Thursday night at Stanford Stadium when Frost, Oregon's offensive coordinator, will match wits with Shaw and his staff in the [Read entire story]

Lee ranks among elite power forwards

MINNEAPOLIS - When a panel of ESPN's basketball experts got together before the season to discuss the state of the sport, the chat predictably seemed to stagnate on the complicated topic of the game's best power [Read entire story]

49ers vs. Panthers preview: Carolina defense solid, but against poor competition

49ers vs. Panthers preview: Carolina defense solid, but against poor competition

Each week, I run the NFL head coach hot seat watch for the SB Nation mothership, and from the beginning, Ron Rivera has been on that list. Rivera is not secure in his job due to some recent failings and a struggle to [Read entire story]

First Piece of Candlestick Up For Sale

First Piece of Candlestick Up For Sale

You knew it was going to happen. The seats of Candlestick Park are up for sale.Photo Credit: Getty Images [Read entire story]

First Piece of Candlestick Up For Sale

You knew it was going to happen. The seats of Candlestick Park are up for sale.Photo Credit: Getty Images [Read entire story]

Aldon Smith makes his return to 49ers team practice

Aldon Smith makes his return to 49ers team practice

The San Francisco 49ers activated outside linebacker Aldon Smith on Friday afternoon, and Tuesday afternoon he took part in his full team practice session. The 49ers had two "opportunity practices" last week, but they [Read entire story]

A Brief Statistical Send-Off for Nnamdi Asomugha

A Brief Statistical Send-Off for Nnamdi Asomugha

It is not altogether surprising to read that the San Francisco 49ers elected to waive cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on Monday. We were expecting the news for quite a while, especially due to the fact that Eric Wright was [Read entire story]

Packers promote Scott Tolzien in wake of Aaron Rodgers injury

Packers promote Scott Tolzien in wake of Aaron Rodgers injury

The Green Bay Packers were dealt a significant blow on Monday Night Football, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a fractured collarbone. Seneca Wallace replaced him as the Packers came up short against the Chicago [Read entire story]